Damon Herriman with the real Chris Murphy. Picture: Supplied

After walking in the shoes of influential band manager Chris (aka CM) Murphy for the mini-series INXS: Never Tear Us Apart, actor Damon Herriman literally kept wearing his shoes.

"The shoes that I am currently wearing I wore in most of the show," Herriman told AAA while pointing to his feet at a Fox Broadcasting function during the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Los Angeles last month.

"They are based on CM Murphy's shoes. I think they are RM Williams, but he wore boots that are pretty much identical to these and still does. I'm still living the role."

Herriman, whose TV credits include All Saints, Offspring and Love My Way and who also appeared in The Lone Ranger movie last year, said it was a different role because he usually played characters that were a bit insecure.

Murphy was instrumental in taking INXS from the pubs of the east coast to the world stage, booking them their first three-month US tour opening for Adam Ant, who in the mini-series threatens to sack them from the tour after his groupies all defect.

"Chris is a very confident guy, he is the centre of any room he walks into, he is a very smart man and you know, it was a challenge but I loved it," Herriman said.

"He was so helpful and I got to know him really well.

"When I got the role I went out to his farm to hang with him for a day and from that moment on he was nothing but generous.

"He was such a great guy and we sort of became friends afterwards."

Herriman was a big INXS fan and praised WAAPA-graduate Luke Arnold's portrayal of Michael Hutchence, saying he was almost born to play him.

Dividing his time between Sydney and Los Angeles, Herriman has reprised his role of Dewey Crowe for the fifth season of the Kentucky-set crime drama Justified

"This one I am in the whole thing, I've got a lot more to do in it which is obviously a lot more fun," he said. "At the start of the season I come into a lot of money and I buy a whore house and I think everything is going grandly. In a very, very short time it all goes horribly wrong which, for anyone who watches the show, that is generally what happens with my character."

The West Australian

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